Lagos beaches

Beaches to visit in Lagos

Lagos beaches - from long sandy stretches to small hidden bays, Lagos is home to an incredible selection of beaches.

There are four beaches within walking distance from the centre of Lagos: Meia Praia, Praia da Batata, Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Pinhão.

Meia Praia is the largest beach in Lagos and it’s often the most frequented by tourists. The beach extends for over 4 km, making it a great spot for long walks. Along the beach, there are many cafés and bars where you can grab a quick snack and refreshments.

The Odiáxere River divides the beach into two, hence why it is called Meia Praia, “Half Beach”. The other end is called Praia do Alvor and leads to Alvor, a fishing town in the Portimão district. If you enjoy watersports, Meia Praia offers a variety of activities including parasailing, jet ski rental and windsurf lessons.

Praia da Batata is a much smaller beach and is set near the fort of Ponta da Bandeira. Since it is the closest one to the centre, it is often packed with people during the summer months. The beach is sheltered from the winds and tides, so the waters are very calm, making it a suitable spot for families. This is also the departure point for many stand up paddle tours and kayak tours to Ponta da Piedade.

Embraced by stunning cliffs and rock formations, Praia Dona Ana has been considered one of the best beaches in the world. This section of the coast is often called the Golden Coast due to the yellowish cliffs that surround it, which provide a sharp contrast to the turquoise waters. You can access the beach through a wooden stairway or take a boat trip and get a closer look at the unique grottoes and rock formations set around the beach.

Between Praia da Batata and Praia Dona Ana, there is Praia do Pinhão, a small hidden bay circled by rock towers which offer shade during the sunny days. This beach is perfect if you want to escape the crowds and be closer to nature, as it doesn’t have any facilities.

On the way to Ponta da Piedade, you will find Praia do Camilo which is one of the best spots for snorkelling in Lagos. If you can’t make it down the steps, you can still admire the breathtaking views of the cliffs and the sheltered bay from the top.There is a restaurant here which is quite popular with the locals, called Camilo where you can eat freshly caught seafood whilst enjoying the views.

From Praia do Camilo you can walk to Ponta da Piedade, the most southerly headland in Lagos, famous for its rock arches and sea stacks.

Finally, there is Praia do Porto de Mós, the furthest beach from the centre of Lagos and the largest one in the area after Meia Praia. A quiet alternative to the busy beaches of Lagos, Praia do Porto Mós is also backed up by the same golden cliffs as the rest of the coast, except there are no coves here, providing a wide view of the Atlantic ocean. Here you will find several beach cafés and restaurants and plenty of space to lie down. You can reach this beach by bus, but there is also a big car park in case you decide to drive here.

Explore this region by following our Lagos tour. Also read about Lagos.